Off the press

Editors note: This article is part of Off The Press, in which the Lake County Historical Society shares stories and other details from previous editions of the Star. These points of interest are 90 years old, and come from the December 10, 1926 edition of the Star.

The Lake County Historical Society office and museum are located at 915 N. Michigan Avenue in Baldwin. Its mailing address is P.O. Box 774, Baldwin, Mich. 49304.

Sale was made last week of the Voss farm, near Luther, to Alex Csallo of South Bend, Ind. who has taken possession. The farm was sold by Mr. Voss last spring to Hendershot and Gilbert of Grand Rapids who are dealers, as well as operators.

The personal stock went with the deal and includes a large number of horses, cattle and hogs, tractors and a fine outfit of farm machinery. There are 2,000 acres in the ranch, which was one of the best paying and best conducted ranches in many counties under the Voss regime.

Game Wardens Vandenberge and aides last week searched the homes of a group of boys in the northwestern part of the county and uncovered between $30 and $40 worth of mink and rat furs. The boys had no licenses to trap but because of their ages the warden allowed them to go after giving them a talk on game laws, conservation and a warning against a repetition of the offense. Several furs were also taken from a Chase boy, who was not prosecuted. The furs were shipped to Lansing.

A $10,000 moving picture theatre to be erected next spring and a new meat market and fruit store to be opened in the very near future are promised for Baldwin, according to current reports. A party is negotiating for two different sites on the east side of Michigan Avenue and has plans for the erection of a picture house with business quarters at a cost of $10,000.

The deal has not been definitely closed as yet, but local merchants and others are giving every encouragement to the plan, which, it is understood, is more altruistic in intent than a bid for an immediate paying venture. C.F. Weavers has purchased the Northland Café building from Mott Gleason, and plans to open a fruit store and meat market as soon as the quarters are vacated by the restaurant. Mr. Weavers conducted a market at Midland before going into the store business here and has had a valuable trade experience. With his personal popularity with the local and resort trade, he should develop a fine business.

After waiting a week during which nothing happened to interrupt the steady, constant flow of current over the new power company’s wires, the Baldwin public is satisfied now to accept the fact that the company’s slogan “light every minute of every day of the year” as long as they wish may safely be accepted.

From the time the lights were turned on Thursday last week, there has been no interruption and even the change from 6600 to 13,200 volts will be made without loss of a minute of service to Baldwin subscribers. The cut over will be made some Sunday morning between midnight and dawn, so the waking hours will not be serviceless.

An entire new circuit is being put up in Baldwin, the main distribution line following Eighth Street from the coal dock to the power house. A crew is working daily on this line, setting the poles and stringing the wire.

The circuit is on the south side of the street, to conform to the state law that requires the line to be removed more than fifty feet from a telephone or Western Union service line.

Following the formation of a high school athletic association last week, the students lost no time in getting a basket ball team underway and now have a small but snappy line up ready to meet teams from the surrounding towns.

They are dickering for games with Chase, Carrs, Leroy and a few other teams before tacking the fast Reed City and Scottville crowds, but want to book games for early dates to get all the experience possible. The team is handicapped by lack of a court. Learning basket ball without a court is like learning to swim without water.

Skull practice is o.k. but handling the ball and team work is developed only by practice. They boys played out in the school yard as long as the weather permitted, but this is out of the question at present, for the most part.

They have been negotiating with Chase for the use of their hall afternoons, driving over daily, but this is not the most convenient arrangement in the world. So far as organized, the team is composed of the following: Center — Ralph Sheehan, Forwards — Glenn Brott, Roy Ashe, Lionel Dancer, Robert Foster, Guards — Raymond Patterson, Lewis Duffing, and Wayne Brott.

A cozy suite of rooms of sufficient capacity to accommodate club meetings, church parties or private parties has been established in the Happyland Grocery block by the Somerset Club and in addition to their own meetings, has been leased to other organizations.

The rooms have been re-decorated and the floor covered by rugs, tables and chairs added, so that it is ready for use on short notice.

A convenient kitchen with a stove adds a rare convenience for winter lunches, which can be served hot. The Club charges a small rental fee and is looking for patrons.

Wantlets: Came to My Enclosure. 0ne black mare with white stripes in forehead, large mare. Owner please call and prove property and pay for this ad. H.G. Krieger, Sec. 18, Cherry Valley.

Local happenings — Carl Wolgamott and wife are looking after the Flint Club property.

Village taxes are far past due and must be paid immediately, before roll is returned to county treasurer. Call at bank any day during the bank hours. H.J. Hollister, Village Treasurer.